Monthly Archives: March 2015

Studio Snapshot – Clover-Fold Boxes

In my studio this week, I made clover-fold boxes from some of my paste papers.

Clover-Fold Boxes I made this week from my paste papers.

This is what I made in my studio this week, Clover-Fold Boxes, which I made from my colorful paste papers.

I originally designed my Clover-Fold Box to be the perfect size for a Dagoba Chocolate Taster Square to fit into. I was preparing a box demonstration for the Oregon Chocolate Festival earlier this month and Dagoba Chocolate donated some of their delicious Chocolate Taster Squares. I wanted a box which would hold one Taster Square. Thus, the Clover-Fold Box was born.

Clover-Fold Boxes

Clover-Fold Boxes

What I hadn’t expected was for my Clover-Fold Box to be such a hit with my customers. I sold out of the boxes I made. So, this week I made a bunch more Clover-Fold Boxes.

Clover-Fold Boxes

Clover-Fold Boxes

I’m a big fan of color, so I picked lots of colorful paste papers with which to make these boxes.

Clover-Fold Boxes

Clover-Fold Boxes

These boxes are easy to make.

Clover-Fold Boxes

Clover-Fold Boxes

Easy and fun too. See the links below for my DIY blog post and the template so you can make your own.

2015 Studio Snapshot Clover-Leaf Boxes 5

Blog post: DIY Clover-Fold Box
Template: Clover-Fold box template

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Cute Paper Birds

Although I consider myself a serious artist, I sometimes just have to do cute. And these birds certainly are cute.

These paper birds are made from paste paper scraps, discarded paint sample cards and paper clips.

These paper birds are made from paste paper scraps, discarded paint sample cards and paper clips.

I’ve made their legs from paper clips, while their bodies are from paste paper scraps left over from other projects. If you remember my most recent post showing the spring flowers I made from discarded paint chips, their wings might look familiar to you.

The paper bird on the left is the only one who doesn't have paint chip for his wing. I had some left over shiny green paper that I thought went well with his colors.

The paper bird on the left is the only one who doesn’t have paint chip for his wing. I had some left over shiny green paper that I thought went well with his colors.

They are really easy to make. The hardest part for me was deciding on the shapes for the birds and wings. I sketched out a bunch of ideas, and found that I liked a simple, but very graphic design best. Once I decided on my design, I made a template out of card stock and traced the bodies and wings of my birds.

Paper birds perfect for springtime.

Paper birds perfect for Spring decorations.

I cut out the body shapes from scraps of paste paper and cut coordinating wings from solid colors of paint chips. I found I liked a card stock weight for my bird bodies. A scrapbook paper would probably work well for both bodies and wings.

Those who know me, know I like color. Even my paper clips are colorful. So, it seemed natural to make my birds’ legs and feet out of colorful, bendable paper clips, which were right within reach. I just straightened out most of the wire and left one curve for each foot (see photo below).

This photo shows how I made the bird feet and legs from paper clips.

This photo shows how I made the bird feet and legs from paper clips.

To assemble your bird, tape two legs on to the inside of one bird body. Then, paste a mirror image bird body on the back, sandwiching the legs between the two bodies. Glue on the wings, positioning them to suit your taste. Add a triangle for the bird beak. Add the eye. You can draw a black circle for the bird’s eye, use a seed bead or googly eye. For my birds, I opted for the simplicity of a black circle for the eye. I thought it went well with the simple graphic style of my birds.

These paper birds are easy to make.

These paper birds are easy to make.

There are lots of possibilities for these birds. Experiment and see what you can come up with. I’d love to see what you do.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Spring Paper Flowers

It’s Spring! So our neighborhood decided to have a Spring Potluck which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. tonight. I decided to make some paper flowers to use as table decorations.

These paper flowers were made from discarded paint samples.

These paper flowers were made from discarded paint samples.

Last Fall, Ace Hardware, here in Ashland, was kind enough to give me a large supply of left over paint chip samples. I decided these paper samples would make the perfect colors for my Spring Flowers.

Paper flowers made from discarded paint samples will decorate the tables for today's Spring Potluck.

Paper flowers made from discarded paint samples will decorate the tables for today’s Spring Potluck.

So, this past week, I’ve been making these paper flowers. The paint samples are 4″ by 4″ so each flower is two different colors while two leaves on each flower are the same color.

So far I have made 36 paper flowers from discarded paint samples for today's Spring Potluck.

So far I have made 36 paper flowers from discarded paint samples for today’s Spring Potluck. There should be enough for everyone to take one home.

For the flower centers, I cut a circle out of watercolor paper and painted watercolors in yellows and orange.

Paper flowers made from discarded paint samples. I still have hundreds of paint samples left to play with.

Paper flowers made from discarded paint samples. I still have hundreds of paint samples left to play with.

Enjoy, Candy

Tiny Winter Walk Book

I found this tiny book as a downloadable file in Camille Riner’s Etsy shop last week. I had never made this type of book, so I just had to try it. It’s made from a single sheet of 8 1/2 by 11″ paper which you print on both sides of the paper.

This Winter Walk book measures 1.5" square when closed.

This Winter Walk book measures 1.5″ square when closed.

When you purchase the book, you get 2 .pdf files. One is for the book itself and the other is the instructions. Be sure to read the instructions carefully. I was so excited to try out making the book that I printed out two separate pages before I realized that I was supposed to print the second image on the back of the paper.

Winter Walk book finished (on left) and showing all the components cut out for a second one.

Winter Walk book finished (on left) and showing all the components cut out for a second one. When you purchase a digital file, you can then make it again and again, each time improving your skill.

One of the nice things about purchasing a digital file is that you can use it multiple times. I tried making this book with a couple of different papers. I found that I liked a 32# text weight matte presentation paper. Camille suggests a thin matte photo paper, but I didn’t have that so I decided to use what I had on hand. I also tried a heavier paper, and although it worked, I liked the lighter paper better.

Winter Walk book designed by Camille Riner and available as a digital download in her Etsy shop.

Winter Walk book designed by Camille Riner and available as a digital download in her Etsy shop.

I love tiny books. I guess they’re officially called miniature books. There’s something about the intimacy of miniature books that I enjoy. This was a fun book to make. I may need to go out and get the paper that Camille recommends and see if I like it even better than the one I used.

Winter Walk book, open and closed.

Winter Walk book, open and closed.

You can see more of Camille’s work on her website www.camilleriner.com and you can purchase either the finished book or the downloadable version from her Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/CamilleRiner.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – St. Patrick’s Day Paper Shamrock Wreath

Working in my studio took a back seat this week as taxes, routine preventative medical care and helping friends were my priority. Still, I did manage to get into my studio to make this St. Patrick’s Day paper shamrock wreath for my front door.

This is how the shamrock wreath looks on my front door.

This is how the shamrock wreath looks on my front door.

This is how the shamrock wreath looks like on my closet door in my studio.

This is how the shamrock wreath looks like on my closet door in my studio.

For the decorative center of the shamrock wreath, I used a vintage button in the center of a circle of folded paper.

For the decorative center of the shamrock wreath, I used a vintage button in the center of a circle of folded paper.

For this wreath I used staples and a glue gun. I now remember why I haven’t used glue guns very often. I can make a real mess with glue guns. Luckily, clean up is easy.

Enjoy, Candy

17 Days of Green

Over on my Facebook page, I’ve been sharing something green that I’ve made out of paper every day for the first 17 days of March. Each share brings back a wonderful memory. I’ve decided to share my 17 Days of Green here and include links to any instructions or templates I may have on how to make the piece if I’ve blogged about it here. The link will be in the description under the photo. I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I have.

This tie is made from paste paper where I used a variegated comb to make the pattern in the paper.

17 Days of Green – Day 1 – Father’s Day Gift Bag with paste paper tie attached with velcro.

Fun and easy project! I covered this small composition book with one of my digital paste papers. I will post instructions in a later blog post.

17 Days of Green – Day 2 – Paper Covered Composition Book is covered in one of my paste paste papers.

The card slips inside the folded envelope.

17 Days of Green – Day 3 – Folded Envelope with Enclosure Card made from one of my paste papers.

With St. Patrick's Day coming later this month, I had to make some green triangle boxes, still perfect for chocolate.

17 Days of Green – Day 4 – Triangle Boxes I made for the Oregon Chocolate Festival.

17 Days of Green - Day 5 - Polka Dot Lotus Flower made with a batik paper.

17 Days of Green – Day 5 – Polka Dot Lotus Flower made with a batik paper.

These pencils are wrapped in a peacock feather paper. They go to a friend who loves green. Unfortunately I didn't have any sea turtle paper, so the peacock feather paper will just have to do.

17 Days of Green – Day 6 – Paper Wrapped Pencils wrapped in a peacock feather paper. 

One of my more successful blog posts showcased my Earth Spirit Vessels.

17 Days of Green – Day 7 – Earth Spirit Vessel, Blowing In The Wind.

Place card for Jean.

17 Days of Green – Day 8 – Calligraphy Cut Out Place Card for Jean.

This is my little tower of boxes.

17 Days of Green – Day 9 – Stacking Boxes for the Oregon Chocolate Festival.

Happy Birthday accordion book.

17 Days of Green – Day 10 – Happy Birthday accordion book.

Here the card has been decorated.

17 Days of Green – Day 11 – Another Folded Envelope with Enclosure Card.

This is how the napkin fold card looks when closed.

17 Days of Green – Day 12 – Napkin Fold Card closed.

This is the inside of the above napkin fold card. It says "grandchildren are the dessert in life."

17 Days of Green – Day 12 – Napkin Fold Card open.

Lotus flower made from the Sunday comics

17 Days of Green – Day 13 – Lotus flower made from the Sunday comics.

This Truffle Box was made with one of my paste papers. I cut a slit in the front flap and threaded the ribbon through it, then tied the bow.

17 Days of Green – Day 14 – Truffle Box made from one of my paste papers. II cut a slit in the front flap and threaded the ribbon through it, then tied the bow.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, contains 665 pieces of hand folded paper. The green papers are paste paper and include flecks of gold in the paste paper.

17 Days of Green – Day 15 – Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, contains 665 pieces of hand folded paper. The green papers are paste paper and include flecks of gold in the paste paper.

This paper Lotus Flower is made from a heavy paper with some flocking on it. It reminds me that spring is just around the corner.

17 Days of Green – Day 16 – Lotus Flower made from a flocked paper.

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

17 Days of Green – Day 17 – For St. Patrick’s Day Green Heart Garland which is about 8 feet long.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – New Earth Spirit Vessels

Every time it looks as though things are going to slow down so I can devote more time to my art, my life seems to speed up. As I finished these two Earth Spirit Vessels this past week, I realized I’d been working on them since late December.

Earth Spirit Vessel - River's Bend

Earth Spirit Vessel – River’s Bend

Earth Spirit Vessel - River's Bend, looking down at the burl wood bottom

Earth Spirit Vessel – River’s Bend, looking down at the burl wood bottom

I’m not complaining. Lots of wonderful things are going on in my life and wonderful opportunities coming my way. Life is good.

Earth Spirit Vessel - Sacred Journey

Earth Spirit Vessel – Sacred Journey

One of my goals for the next few month is to spend more time in my studio. With the spring weather, I think my studio is going to expand to include my porch. With such lovely weather, I want to enjoy being outside before it gets too warm to work out there.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Clover-Fold Box

This is a simple box which gets its name from the way the box flaps fold over and interlock. I designed this box to hold one Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Square.

Clover-Fold box is just the right size for Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Squares.

Clover-Fold box is just the right size for Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Squares. The boxes look great made from my paste papers.

Dagoba Chocolate was kind enough to donate a bag of their Tasting Squares for me to me to give away during this coming First Friday’s Art Walk. I will be demonstrating how to make boxes (perfect for holding chocolate)  in the lobby of the Ashland Springs Hotel from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 6. Friday kicks off the 11th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival with the Chocolate Makers Dinner which is also at the Ashland Springs Hotel.

A Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Square fits perfectly inside the Clover-Fold Box.

A Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Square fits perfectly inside the Clover-Fold Box.

I have a couple of other blog posts about my boxes for chocolates and you can view them here:
Studio Snapshot – Boxes for Chocolates
DIY Boxes for Chocolates

The Clover-Fold Box is easy to make. I have included a template at the end of this post that you can download. Print the template on the back side of your chosen paper. Cut on the solid lines, fold on the dashed lines, glue the four tabs, then fold the four half circle flaps over to close the top of the box (see photos).

These two Clover-Fold Boxes were made from scrapbooking paper.

These two Clover-Fold Boxes were made from scrapbooking paper.

This box is best made from card stock. I prefer a light weight card stock, but you could use just about anything from heavy text weight paper to heavy card stock. You can find lots of decorated papers at art supply, craft and scrapbook stores.

Boxes for Chocolate!

Boxes for Chocolate!

Clover-Fold box template.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Boxes For Chocolate

It’s that time again . . . chocolate is in the air as Ashland prepares for the Oregon Chocolate Festival which starts on Friday. And what could be more perfect for a Chocolate Festival than boxes for Chocolate?

Some of my boxes I'll be demonstrating how to make in the lobby of the Ashland Springs Hotel during the First Friday Art Walk.

Some of my boxes I’ll be demonstrating how to make in the lobby of the Ashland Springs Hotel during the First Friday Art Walk.

It’s been a busy week. I’ve been making boxes and testing box templates to share during the First Friday Art Walk.

With St. Patrick's Day coming later this month, I had to make some green triangle boxes, still perfect for chocolate.

With St. Patrick’s Day coming later this month, I had to make some green triangle boxes, still perfect for chocolate.

I’ve teamed up again this year with Dagoba Chocolate (wonderful, wonderful chocolate) to showcase my boxes. And new this year, I’ve also teamed up with the Ashland Springs Hotel where the Oregon Chocolate Festival is happening. I’ll be demonstrating making my boxes in the hotel lobby from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday during the First Friday Art Walk.

These boxes have a paper flower as a bow. The ribbon and bow easily slip off and back on the box can be reused again and again.

These boxes have a paper flower as a bow. The ribbon and bow easily slip off and back on the box can be reused again and again.

I even designed a new box this week, the Clover-Fold box. I made it the perfect size to hold one of the little Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Squares.

I designed this little box to hold one of the little Dagoba Chocolate bars. I call them Dagoba Mini's.

I designed this little box to hold one of the little Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Squares. I call them Dagoba Mini’s.

Scrappy Craft, an art store in Phoenix, Oregon, had a sale on Saturday. I went and found some wonderful scrapbook paper that made into wonderful little boxes like the one below.

I love this scrapbook paper I found on sale at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, Oregon.

I love this scrapbook paper I found on sale at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, Oregon.

I’m sharing the links to the blog posts where I show how to make most of these boxes at the end of this blog post. I’m also including the links to just the templates.

I call this box my Truffle Box. It's just the right size to hold a chocolate truffle.

I call this box my Truffle Box. It’s just the right size to hold a chocolate truffle.

I’m having so much fun making boxes and more boxes this week. And I love using my paste paper to make boxes.

This is my little tower of boxes.

This is my little tower of boxes.

One of my favorite boxes is the Crown Jewel Heart Box, which is shown in the photo below. It works so well with a double sided paper.

This is my Crown Jewel Heart Box.

This is my Crown Jewel Heart Box.

If you’re in the Ashland area, stop by the Ashland Springs Hotel where I’ll be demonstrating during the First Friday Art Walk. And also stop by my studio at the Ashland Art Center where Paul will be demonstrating how to make chocolate mice from Hershey’s Kisses.

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Here are the links to the blog posts and the templates for each of the boxes I have made templates for.

Truffle Box Blog Post
Truffle Box template

Crown Jewel Heart Box Blog Post
Crown Jewel Heart Box template

Triangle Box Blog Post
Folded Triangle Box template

Clover-Fold Blog Post
Clover-Fold box template

Enjoy, Candy